Samsung said it has sold 2 million Galaxy Notes since introducing the gadget in October, according to Forbes. The company expects to sell an additional 10 million Notes this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note
The numbers are notable considering the design of the Android-powered Note. The gadget sports an enormous 5.3-inch screen that puts it somewhere between a normal smartphone and a tablet. But Samsung is betting big on the device; the company made the LTE-capable Note for AT&T Mobility the centerpiece of its marketing push earlier this year, which featured a Super Bowl commercial.
AT&T is selling the Note for $299 with a service contract. The Note features a stylus (dubbed the S Pen), an AMOLED display and a dual-core application processor. Samsung offers a Wi-Fi-only version of the Note in overseas markets.
Already the Note has generated competition. LG recently announced the Android-powered LG Optimus Vu, which features a 5-inch screen.
Though Samsung wasn't the first company to release an Android device with a 5-inch screen (Dell made a play with the Streak 5), Samsung is the first to try to position such a device as a smartphone worthy of a high-end marketing campaign. The strategy could help push Samsung above the crowd of Android smartphone makers, and may help the company maintain its impressive momentum in the smartphone market--Samsung was one of the few smartphone makers to report positive fourth-quarter earnings and sales.
Interestingly, the Note sits in the middle of Samsung's range of screen size for portable devices. The company makes smartphones with smaller screens and tablets with bigger screens, including Galaxy Tab tablets in the 7, 8 and 10-inch range. Samsung also recently introduced the Galaxy Note 10.1, which is a version of the Note--complete with an S Pen--that sports a 10.1-inch screen.
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